AdsML specifications will govern communications between the advertiser and the publisher, including the description of an ad's placement in the page layout of a print publication. CIP4's specifications, meanwhile, will govern the flow of information and materials related to the physical production and distribution of the publication.
CIP4 plans to add features to JDF 1.3 (the next version of the specification) that will facilitate advertising production, including the ability to track individual ads throughout the production process. (www.adsml.org/www.cip4.org)
MINNEAPOLIS—Flaire Print Communications has purchased a new chemistry-free CTP system from Agfa, including an Acento platesetter running Azura plates and Sublima enhanced screening. The printer participates in the Printing Industry of Minnesota's "Great Printers Environmental Initiative," which requires area printers to go beyond the minimum environment compliance regulations. (www.agfa.com)
WILLISTON, VT—KBA North America has logged a couple of installs of the 74 Karat digital offset press with in-line aqueous coater by shops seeking to boost the sheet size, quality and flexibility of their digital printing. On Demand Imaging in Portsmouth, NH, bills itself as a one-stop shop for printing, large-format production, scanning and finishing. Color K Graphics is a full-service commercial printer based in Miami that employs offset and digital press technology to produce short runs. (www.kba-usa.com)
MARIETTA, GA—Print1 Direct, a short-run digital printer, recently installed the Kodak Polychrome Graphics (KPG) DirectPress 5634 DI system to increase efficiency and reduce turnaround time for its customers. The shop won four Best of Category and two Awards of Excellence for digital printing from the Printing Industry Association of Georgia in its 2004 printing contest. (www.kpgraphics.com)
KENNESAW, GA—According to Heidelberg USA, its PrintOpen software was judged to create the most accurate color profiles in colorimetric testing of nine applications. The study—titled "Measuring the Quality of ICC Profiles and Color Management Software"—was performed by Dr. Abhay Sharma, an associate professor in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Western Michigan University. (www.heidelberg.com)